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TERMIS-North America announces speakers for annual event

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Friday, Sept. 9, 2010 -- Keynote speakers have been announced for the TERMIS-North America Conference and Expo, set for Dec. 5-8 at the Hilton in the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Fla. This year's conference theme is "Where Discovery Meets Innovation."

The TERMIS (Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine International Society) North America conference will cover a wide range of topics within the fields of tissue engineering, biomaterials, stem cells and regenerative medicine. The meeting is designed to foster interactions among basic scientists engaged in discovery and development, translational researchers who bring scientific discoveries to the clinical forefront, clinicians, and those engaged with funding, regulatory and commercial endeavors.

Keynote speakers will be Ronald D.G. McKay, Ph.D., senior investigator in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke; Teruo Okano, Ph.D., director and professor, Institute of Advanced Biomedical Engineering and Science, Tokyo Women's Medical University; and Michael L. Shuler, Ph.D., the James M. and Marsha McCormick Chair of Biomedical Engineering and the Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Chemical Engineering, Cornell University School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

The meeting is hosted by the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and chaired by Anthony Atala, M.D., institute director. James Yoo, M.D., Ph.D., an associate director and chief scientific officer at the institute, is the meeting's scientific program chair. The goal of the event is to present and exchange new results and advances in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. An early registration discount is offered through Sept. 30, with a special drawing to win an Apple iPad for registrations received before the early bird cut-off.

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For more information about the meeting, or to inquire about exhibiting and available sponsorships, visit the conference website at http://termis.org/na2010 or contact Anita Caufield, executive producer, Forecast Technology Group Inc., anita@conferencestrategists.com.

Media Contacts: Karen Richardson, krchrdsn@wfubmc.edu, 336-716-4453

About the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine

The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (www.wfirm.org) is an established center dedicated to the discovery, development and clinical translation of regenerative medicine technologies by leading faculty. The institute has used biomaterials alone, cell therapies, and engineered tissues and organs for the treatment of patients with injury or disease. The Institute is based at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (www.wfubmc.edu), an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university's School of Medicine, and Wake Forest University Physicians. The system is consistently ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" by U.S. News & World Report.

About TERMIS North America (Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine International Society), www.termis.org

The Society brings together the international community of persons engaged or interested in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine and promotes education and research within the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine through regular meetings, publications and other forms of communication. The Society also serves as an international forum to promote the informed discussion of challenges and therapeutic benefits of the application of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine technologies.



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